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PATIENTS' RIGHTS COMPROMISE.

The House approved a bipartisan patients' rights bill (H.R. 2563) containing compromise language that may guarantee a signature from President Bush. In an agreement between the White House and one of the bill's sponsors, Rep. Charlie Norwood (R-Ga.), patients can sue federally governed managed care plans in state or federal court for unlimited economic damages, but damages for pain and suffering are limited to $1.5 million. Punitive damages can't be collected unless the patient can prove denial of care through an outside appeals board. The American Psychiatric Association said it supports the Senate-passed bill (S. 1052), which confers a much broader right to sue health plans in state court, and looks for the conference committee to produce the most comprehensive patients' rights bill.
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Author:Imperio, Winnie Anne
Publication:Clinical Psychiatry News
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2001
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